Em’kal Eyongakpa, babhi–bεrat 21r, 2021
Em’kal Eyongakpa, babhi–bεrat 21r, 2021. Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. Photo: Franz Mueller Schmidt. All rights reserved by Hartwig Art Foundation.
Kent Chan, Warm Fronts, 2021
Kent Chan, Warm Fronts, 2021. Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam. Photo: Franz Mueller Schmidt. All rights reserved by Hartwig Art Foundation.
Local Fauna, 2015
Local Fauna, 2015. Text by Zedeck Siew, Burmese translations by Maung Day with illustrations by Sharon Chin. Installation view: M_kng Sp_ce: We Are Where Aren’t, Kuala Lumpur. Organised by The Japan Foundation.
Maria Pask, Zandra Rhodes Bedroom; A Room To Read Auden, 2021
Maria Pask, Zandra Rhodes Bedroom; A Room To Read Auden, 2021 (detail). Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam. Photo: Franz Mueller Schmidt. All rights reserved by Hartwig Art Foundation
Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise, anOther story, 2017
Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise, anOther story, 2017. Installation view: SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017. Photo: Kioku Keizo. Courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Jo-Lene Ong (Malaysia/Netherlands) is a curator and teacher in Amsterdam of Malaysian-Hokkien heritage. She got her start in the field at the intersection of art and civisociety activism in Kuala Lumpur. Her practice engages with the aesthetics of recuperating language systems and cultural perspectives of peripheral communities as more equitable and sustainable technologies.
While in residence at Delfina Foundation, she will expand on the research she began as part of the 2022 project 5 Inclusion Tactics for 7 Curators, for which she curated Slippery Tongues Sliding Horizons on the diasporic conditions of language as a poetry of inclusion. This research will contribute to a series of public programmes at the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennial. Jo-Lene is also recovering family history lost to the British colonial offensive against the communist resistance in Malaya.
Cherished projects include Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund (2020-21), Other Futures (2020-21), Practice Space (2019) a volume on art initiatives and forms of radical localisms, and SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2017) at Mori Art Museum and National Art Center Tokyo. Jo-Lenes independent learning is sustained by conversations with Sau Bin Yap, Vera Mey, Bo Wang, Rachael Rakes, Reuben Keehan, Brigitte van der Sande, and formative encounters with other generous cohorts. Jo-Lene teaches Theory at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Jo-Lene was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.